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GANDHI
FRANCIS GARDNER CLOUGH

FRANCIS GARDNER CLOUGH

GANDHI

The following poems were written to
Gandhi by Francis Gardner Clough-sources, dates noted.

From : WORD IS OUT
                    By
FRANCIS GARDNER CLOUGH
(Copyright 1944 by Francis Gardner Clough)

XXII (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)

Fight you the wrong that men will do to men,
Prove you beyond the omen of my doubt
The wars you wage will bring the peace about,
Deny that bomb-for-bomb does hurt again,
Stone those, or jail, who sing not war's amen,
Profane all living on the earth's good face,
Putting your rule and justice in God's place :
You cannot conquer this one citizen :

Men will be born who so love primal peace,
And they will fast, or bleed and die as well
That hate shall cause their love to have increase,
As hearts hunt heaven in the midst of hell :

I mean to say that just, like unjust, war
Persuades my pen to write of peace the more.

Note : IN I THE HYMN
                  By
FRANCIS CLOUGH
(Copyright 1947) this sonnet revised, reissued, as follows :

POEM
(To Mohandas K. Gandhi)

Fight you the wrong that men will do to men,
Prove you beyond the omen of my doubt
The wars you wage will bring the peace about,
Deny that bomb-for-bomb does hurt again,
Stone those, or jail, who sing not war's amen,
Profane all living on the earth's good face,
Putting your rule and justice in God's place :
You cannot conquer this one citizen :

Men will be born who so love primal peace,
And they will fast, or bleed and die as well
That Love shall transcend hate, and have     increase,
As hearts hunt heaven in the midst of hell :

I mean to say that just, like unjust, war Persuaded him in paths of peace the more.

AND, in a forthcoming book, also copyright by Francis Clough, will be the two following poems, the first dedicated to Mahadeb Desai, the second "for Gandhi ji" his memory & Immortality, & thus directly for your GANDHI SMARAK SANGRAHA, and the GANDHI MEMORIAL MUSEUM. FGC.

XLV (to Mahadev Desai)

Man who is taught again in prison ways
Just when he had forgotten prisondom,
Who lived in peace so long he had become
Too careless of its benefits to praise
Or to protect its values, now obeys
In ignorant surprise the despot's mood
Which thrown him back into a servitude
So brutal it eclipses freer days :

That man is quite the only animal
Endowed with mind to make such fool mistakes
As being forced into a war of kill
To rediscover peace that he forsakes :
Yes, prison is a fertile place to be
For man to learn the worth of liberty.

NOTE : (This is patterned in form & metre, after one of Shakespeare's last lyrics, of same title; its context is original.)

THRENOS (for Gandhiji)

Moving from its source to sea
All the Ganges' Poetry
Laves this saint in eulogy,

Leaves by cosmic faith matrix
with immortals, o'er the styx
Soon the Prophet's ashes mix;

Guided by Nirvana's chart,
Soon the love of Truth, and Art,
On the tides and waves depart.

Man is fragile memory
With a soul no eye may see
Striving toward Eternity,

Purged, and chaste, a willing clod
Borne on rivers never trod,
Sacred, to the realms of God